Phew, that was close – memory suggested the Ford Ranger Raptor was in danger of being the slowest pick up – and likely vehicle – ever driven on PH. Handily it zips to 62mph ahead of a Hilux (thank the 10-speed auto for that, against the six-speed the Toyota had when tested), even if it’s said to be a thrilling 106mph dead heat at the top end. At which point an Isuzu D-Max will streak onto 112mph. Just FYI. That said, the Raptor must set a record for price to performance on PistonHeads; without wishing to sound like another record (of the broken kind), the Ranger’s mismatch of punchy aesthetic and puny performance is impossible to avoid, be that in the comments, the spec sheet or the driver’s seat. From the outset the Raptor is the guy who’s all arms and chest but can’t squat his bodyweight; the looks are impressive and attention grabbing, though actual heavy lifting is out of the question. (That’s not as bad a joke as it seems, either, because the Raptor has a reduced carrying and towing capacity over standard.) This is not simply a game of Top Trumps, however, and we all know by… Read full this story
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